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Obama waives sanctions on Iceland whaling

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama decided Thursday not to impose trade sanctions against Iceland, despite saying that its whale hunts were undermining international efforts to preserve the ocean giants. Obama chose to order the State Department and Commerce Department to keep Iceland’s whaling activities under review and to urge…

Clinton sees progress against Palestinian UN bid

SAN FRANCISCO — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she saw a “growing recognition” among the “parties in the region” that it would be best for the Palestinians to abandon a bid for UN membership. Clinton, at a joint news conference after talks with Australia in San Francisco,…

ACLU: Pennsylvania lawmakers wasting time with absurd English only bills

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee in response to legislation that would designate English as the official language of the commonwealth. House Bill 361, the Pennsylvania Official Language Act, would make English the official language of Pennsylvania and designate it as the language of…

House passes labor board bill after Boeing case

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would ban the federal government from ordering an employer to shut down plants or relocate workers, even if labor laws were violated. Approved in a 238-186 vote in the Republican-dominated House, the measure stems from a labor dispute…

Boehner dismisses Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — US House speaker John Boehner on Thursday dismissed President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan as “more of the same,” saying its tax credits were not enough to create private sector employment. The Republican leader repeated an earlier concession that the “American Jobs Act” offered opportunities for “common…

Ralph Nader: U.S. is a two party dictatorship

Ralph Nader appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss a democratic primary he was organizing against President Barack Obama to “hold his feet to the fire.” “The important thing here is if he’s not challenged from the progressive-liberal wing of his party, that elected him, it’ll be a very dull…

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama

Democratic Governors Association Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that Republicans were opposed to any plan proposed by President Barack Obama that could lead to job creation. “I firmly believe that Republicans in Congress, driven by a concerted group, have decided that it is not in their party’s…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

U.S. Postal Service eyes 35,000 job cuts

WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service unveiled Thursday a drastic downsizing scheme for the embattled public company, including cutting 35,000 jobs, as it seeks to avoid collapse amid a “new reality” in the economy. “Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable,” the USPS said it…

More than one-third of Senate urges debt panel to cut $4 trillion

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Thursday that he had organized a coalition of 36 senators to encourage the congressional “super committee” to seek the broadest possible agreement to address the nation’s spending and debt. The coalition — made up of 18 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent — represents more…

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